Why has Japanese wine never taken off like Japanese beer and whisky?

The kinds of people attracted to wine are the kinds of people who are most attracted to the prestige and image of import goods, so there was no market for it. The soil and dampness of the weather are also less than ideal.



  1. Hyung Lee said,

    May 9, 2008 at 12:21 pm


    I am a publisher of THE EAST; the only English newspaper, which is mainly focused on the East Asian information (at the beginning of every month, more than 12,000 free copies are distributed throughout the London area, particularly, where East Asian Networks are established).

    I looked at your blog the other day and have been wondering if there would be any chance that we could publish some of your interesting articles on the paper.
    We think some of your blog articles should be very helpful to the Westners who are interested in Asian Culture.
    The East cannot afford to pay for your articles right now (as we are non-profitable organisation). However, if you wish, we can still offer you:
    1. Advertising space
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    We look forward to hearing from you shortly.

    Many thanks and kind regards,

    Hyung Wook Lee

    THE EAST, The East Asian Monthly Business Newspaper,
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    New Malden, Surrey, KT3 3BN, UK
    Tel : + 44 (0) 7912 608 321 / Web site: http://www.theeast.org / E mail : publisher@theeast.org
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  2. Skye said,

    May 19, 2008 at 12:32 am

    Great articles! You’ve really piqued my interest here. Funny that quite drinkable wine is produced in other places with less than ideal weather…

    Interestingly, it looks like Japanese wine is finally beginning to take off. There was an interesting article in a UK paper recently (unfortunately I forget which) about the growing popularity of Koshu wine both in Japan and abroad.

  3. dianeinjapan said,

    May 19, 2008 at 3:34 am

    Hmmm, the only Japanese wines I’ve tasted have been far from stellar. Apparently there’s good reason for this.

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